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City of Laredo to join lawsuit against ‘sanctuary cities’ bill

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By Julia Wallace, LMTonline.com

A host of Laredo citizens spoke out against Texas’ Senate Bill 4 during Monday’s City Council meeting, saying the law will hurt the local economy, make some residents apprehensive about calling law enforcement and intrude upon police departments’ day-to-day priorities.

Laredo City Council agreed with their sentiments, and voted unanimously to join the lawsuit against the bill, which permits local peace officers to ask the people they detain or arrest about their immigration status, and furthermore punishes local officeholders who stop police from asking these questions.

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Council’s discussion on the question lasted two hours, with 13 members of the public testifying, including former Laredo Mayor Betty Flores and El Cenizo Mayor Raul Reyes, one of the first signers of the lawsuit against the bill.

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